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Side Effects (I) (2013)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  8 February 2013 (USA)
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A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prison Desk Guard
Upset Visitor
Emily's Boss
Martin's Mother
Haraldo Alvarez ...
Garage Attendant
Police Officer at Hospital
Jacqueline Antaramian ...
Desk Nurse
Conference Organizer


Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This is your insanity on drugs. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 February 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Side Effects  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,303,145 (USA) (8 February 2013)


$32,154,410 (USA) (10 May 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reported at the time to be Steven Soderbergh's final film as a director. See more »


In the final scene where she visits him in the office, she is walking outside in the rain with an umbrella. When she is inside the office, the umbrella is dry. See more »


[first lines]
Female Guard: Front door!
Prison Desk Guard: I can't let it in unless I see it.
Upset Visitor: I know. I know what the rules are. I'm just asking if you can make an exception.
Prison Desk Guard: There are no exceptions. That's why we have rules.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067 - Menuet & Rondeau
Performed by Alice Hamlet, Jessica Nelson, and Ann Marie Yoo
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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User Reviews

A delicious dinner of a movie with the perfect dessert of betrayal and suspense
10 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a delicious surprise of a movie for this early in the year. As has been the case before, a few films of greatness end up playing just after the first of the year. I saw this movie with expecting a clichéd crime drama. What I saw was one of the most inventive and riotous versions of suspense in years. Despite signs that this genre is dead and buried (no pun intended)here is a very modern film that updates the themes and tones of film noir without a pause or hitch of any kind. And as usual in great movies of this type, the setting is a character as strong as any of the actors. New York City has never looked this depressing and cold. But what really works here is a cast so perfect, that you can hardly remember their names. Each actor fits so perfectly in the tapestry of the plot, that the film has a naturalism so real it is surreal. There is a an incredible attention to detail that is what you would expect from a Broadway play or a painting by Dali. One suggestion-DO NOT go by yourself. Having a fellow traveler to discuss this is very required. And I say this as someone who goes to the movies alone often.

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